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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:33 am

Last one for the night.
Signatory Laphroaig 15 yo D: 6/25/1991 B: 3/23/2007 Bourbon cask 6984 53.8%

N: Lots of lemon, vanilla and peat. A hint of sea air, smoke and fresh cut wood.
P: Very lemony. Butter, vanilla and peat. A little polished wood and salt.
F: long and very salty. A little smoke and peat. Butter and lemon.

Tastes a little simplistic tonight but very enjoyable.
84 points. Not as complex as the 15 but fun. Don't know if I prefer this or the 18?
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:26 am

Tonight 3 different Gin Martini's.

Not quite sure, how I am going to rate these but here we go.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:38 am

Bombay Sapphire Gin and Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth.

N: Juniper, flowers, corriander and some citrus.
P: Slightly sweet, Juniper, vermouth, coriander and flowers. Slight bitter note.
F: Short, bitter flowers and juniper.

Not bad, definitely a better Martini than a Gin and Tonic
C+ Rating

Now to add a little olive brine to make it dirty (my prefered way).

The salt of the brine goes rather well with the bitter flowers and in same ways cleans it up a little. Salt and a little olive.

Improved B-
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:55 am

#2 Plymouth Gin and Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

N: Sweet, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit and berries. A little coriander and pepper.
P: Same, loads of citrus and a little pepper.
F: short and clean. Citrus (lemon and orange peel)

Very nice B+

With a little olive brine.
Adds another layer of complexity. Really helps to balance out the sweetness of the Plymouth Gin

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:07 am

#3 Hendricks Gin and Noilly Prat Vermouth

N: Coriander, orange peel, lemon and a little juniper berry and some forrest (evergreen?)
P: Coriander and orange peel. Lemon and juniper berry in the background. A hint of the vermouth.
F: Short on juniper berry and coriander. Orange peel and lemon linger.

not as clean as the Plymouth but more complex.

B+

with oliver brine

Really brings out the lemon. Goes rather well together. lemon and salt.

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:27 am

I am going to try and do a Lagavulin 12 tasting this week, and maybe a PE tasting.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:20 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Laphroaig 18yo

Good but not as complex as the 15yo. A little simple.

84 points.

My thoughts exactly.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:35 am

johan brugge wrote:
pkt77242 wrote:Laphroaig 18yo

Good but not as complex as the 15yo. A little simple.

84 points.

My thoughts exactly.


Glad to have you around more often Johan.

Tonight the battle of HP's after dinner. Be back in 30 minutes or so.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:51 am

HP 12 to get the palate straight.

N: Slight overripe oranges, biscuits, strawberry jollyrancher, heather, and just a touch of sulphur.
P: Starts really sweet on orange, lemon, malt and just a touch of heather. A little smoke hits as well.
F: Shortish on overripe orange, a little heathery peat smoke and biscuits.

Not bad but not as well balanced or smokey as the older style bottles.

82 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:34 am

HP for Grapevine market 1990 15yo (thanks for the sample Bryan).

N: big notes of red fruits (strawberry, cherry, raspberry, etc). Cinnamon, spices, mulled wine and some currants. Very sweet smelling.
P: Again rather sweet, red fruits and mulled wine. A nice dose of brown sugar, black tea and a little milk chocolate. A touch of heather.
F: Medium-long on caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon. A little smoke and milk chocolate with red fruits.

A very nice HP, a little sweet but enjoyable.

88 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:07 am

HP for Beltramo's 1986 19yo.

N: strawberry, orange, cherries, mint and a touch of eucalyptus. A little sulphur and smoke.
P: Strawberries, grapes, heather, and a little smoke. Cherries, spices and a little mint.
F: medium long on cooking spices, heather, cinnamon and some smoke and wood.

A little more complex than the 15yo.
89 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:55 am

2 Russian Imperial Stouts tonight. I will also post some notes from 2 abbey ales I had on Tuesday.

First up is

North Coast Brewery Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

N: Dark roast coffee dominates the nose but there is also notes of caramel, figs, dates and dark chocolate.
P: Again the dark roast coffee dominates. Malt, caramel, apricots and dates are there as well.
F: medium and gets rather drying. coffee, caramel, and figs. Maybe a hint of the dark chocolate from the nose. Towards the very end of the finish there is a super dry note of sawdust.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:15 am

pkt77242 wrote:2 Russian Imperial Stouts tonight. I will also post some notes from 2 abbey ales I had on Tuesday.

First up is

North Coast Brewery Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

N: Dark roast coffee dominates the nose but there is also notes of caramel, figs, dates and dark chocolate.
P: Again the dark roast coffee dominates. Malt, caramel, apricots and dates are there as well.
F: medium and gets rather drying. coffee, caramel, and figs. Maybe a hint of the dark chocolate from the nose. Towards the very end of the finish there is a super dry note of sawdust.


Damn, I forgot a score. 85 points. A little monodimensional but still enjoyable.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:27 am

Stone Brewery Imperial Russian Stout Spring 2010 release 10.5%

N: Coffee, caramel, dog food (no, it is not a positive). Also a little fruit such as cherry and figs. A little dark chocolate. Dog food smell seems to fade after a minute or two.
P: Coffee, caramel, raisins, figs and malt. A little sweet but very good. a little brown sugar and cherry.
F: medium on coffee, figs and raisins. Sweet.

Very different from the Old Rasputin. After the note of dog food on the nose it is really nice.

87 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:00 am

Hmm, I was going to post my notes on two abbey ales I had but since I can't find them, lets go with 2 stouts while watching some college football.

First up is Sierra Nevada Stout.

N: Big notes of Coffee, and all types of it, from a dark roast to espresso. Caramel and a hint of nuts (say brazil, almonds and honey roasted peanuts). A touch of baking chocolate and hops.
P: Definitely in the same vein as the nose, with coffee, nuts, caramel and hops (can't find any of the chocolate though). A slight flavor of wood varnish.
F: Medium, starting off on overroasted coffee, and nuts. towards the very end it gets a rather dry with a note of ashtray.

Not a bad stout but by no means top notch. 82 points. Could use a touch more sweetness.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:50 am

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

N: Oatmeal, barley, and coffee. Some hops, figs and a little cherry in the background. A little more simple than the Sierra Nevada stout but better balanced.
P: Oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate chips and a cup of dark roast coffee? Did I say very overroasted coffee. A little nuts and figs as well.
F: Shortish on overroasted coffee, grain and a little wood/sawdust. Very dry.

Nose is good, palate was nice and the finish is just ok.

83 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:36 am

Tonight 2 imperial stouts but wed-fri this week I am going to try and do a PE tasting and an HP tasting. I may throw in a third whiskiy tasting but as of right now I am unsure of which one to do.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:40 am

Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout 75 abv

N: Dark roast coffee, roasted barley, toffee, semi sweet chocolate and a faint whiff of stomach acid that fades after a minute or two.
P: Starts on dark roast coffee, a little wood smoke, a slight woody bitterness and a little cola.
F: Medium short, with a lot of bitter coffee (witha touch of cream), and a little dark chocolate and smoke.

A nice beer but not outstanding.

83 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:42 am

Full Sail Brewing Imperial Stout 8% abv

N: rather closed nose. Hints of coffee, barley and a little orange. (maybe the chocolate covered orange candies?).
P: Barley and coffee. A hint of smoke and rather bitter.
F: Medium in length and rather bitter. a little coffee and barley but not much flavor, just a woody bitterness.

Hmm, average, not horrible but not good.

76 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:45 am

Tonight 3 Port Ellen's. I am very much looking forward to this tasting. 1 IB and 2 OB.

Oops forgot to add that I will be doing the tasting after dinner so still another hour or two away. But the whiskies are lined up.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:18 am

First up Signatory Port Ellen 1979 23yo 43% refill sherry butt

N: wax, blue diamond smokehouse almonds, tangerine and smoke. Salt and just a hint of peat.
P: big notes of wax, tangerine and smoke. A little almond, salt and orange.
F: medium finish on wax and smoke. A little tangerine in brine.

Very consistent throughout and very good.
90 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:39 am

Port Ellen 6th release.

N: vanilla, smoke, lemon and peaches. Some salt and potato skins. Just a hint of peat.
P: very salty on the palate, with smoke and some lemon. Orange and peat.
F: medium long on wood smoke and peat. Just a hint of lemon and vanilla.

Very good. 91 points. Yummy
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:48 am

Port Ellen 8th release

N: a little closed. Citrus (lemon and orange), vanilla and smoke. A little salt and garlic mashed potatoes.
P: lemon, vanilla, smoke and brine. A hint of frame brulee, peat and banana.
F: medium long on huge notes of smoke and brine. A little ash and lemon. Rather drying with just a touch of tartness from the lemon.

The most smokey of the lot but not quite as complex as the 6th release but just as enjoyable. 91 points if you like a tad more brutish this is for you, if you want refined go for the 6th release.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:27 am

4 blends tonight. In honor of the Canadian Thanksgiving I am doing Crown Royal vs Teacher's and Crown Roal Reserve vs Black Bush.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:41 am

Crown Royal

N: Cinnamon apples, vanilla and some whole grain bread. A hint of alcohol.
P: Vanilla apple oatmeal. Hints of cinnamon. Maybe a touch of caramel and alcohol.
F: Short on the same theme as the palate. Apple, cinnamon and vanilla. Just a little caramel and bread at the very end.

Simple but rather enjoyable. 77 points. I can think of much worse scotch blends in comparison (I am looking at you Dewars White Label, J&B, etc).
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:04 am

Teacher's highland cream.

N: smoked bacon, peat, grain and plantains. A little alcohol as well.
P: bacon, peat and grain. Some honey and a fair dose of alcohol.
F: short on smoke and alcohol. A touch of peat and grain.

A great value at $13. 79 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:22 am

Crown Royal Reserve

N: Apples, pears, cinnamon, and vanilla. Also some Rye, wheat and nutmeg.
P: Cinnamon apples, with nutmeg. Also a little vanilla and rye.
F: Medium short. Rye, cinnamon and nutmeg. A little spicy.

Much more complex than the standard CR and could hold its own against most scotch blends in its price range ($40 or so). 81 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:44 am

Black Bush

N: Grapes, raisins, nuts and some caramel. Apple skins and apple juice.
P: Apple juice (and skins), grapes and caramel. Just a touch of walnut.
F: Medium short on raisins, nuts and apple juice. A touch of grapes as well.

Rather sweet but enjoyable. Not super complex. 80 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:15 am

After the little man goes to bed tonight I will be tasting 3 Balvenie 17's.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:48 am

First up Balvenie 17 New Oak

N: Lots of honey and vanilla. Some oak (saw dust and pencil shavings) and a faint bitterness. Also a touch of floralness.
P: Again huge notes of honey and vanilla. Faint peach and carnation. Also the pencil shavings and saw dust make an appearence.
F: medium short on vanilla and loads of saw dust. Getting fairly bitter at the very end.

Better than i remember it being. Not quite as bitter. 80 points. A touch bitter and not the most complex but still pretty enjoyable.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:12 am

Balvenie 17 Madeira

N: Honey and peaches. Some tangerine, nuts and vanilla. A little malt, pear and caramel in the backgrond.
P: Honey and peaches. Vanilla and caramel. A touch of honey roasted cashews and malt.
F: Medium short on honey and vanilla. A little peach and caramel mixed in.

A little sweet but enjoyable. 84 points. A nice whisky but overpriced.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:50 am

Balvenie 17 Sherry cask.

N: Big notes of sherry, raisins, almonds and walnuts. A touch of honey, allspice, dates and figs.
P: Super sherry. nuts (almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts), and raisins. Cranberry, honey and dates. A hint of sulphur (rubber).
F: Medium on cranberry, raisins and nuts. The hint of sulphur lingers. Maybe a touch of orange.

Rather enjoyable and somewhat complex. The best of these 3 17yo's, though Balvenie's character doesn't show through the sherry very well.

86 points.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:30 am

My next tasting will be 4 Laga 12's 2004, 2008, 2009 and the FOCM 1995. If all goes well it will be tonight if not then Monday or Tuesday. :iwbrnt:
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:11 pm

pkt77242 wrote:My next tasting will be 4 Laga 12's 2004, 2008, 2009 and the FOCM 1995. If all goes well it will be tonight if not then Monday or Tuesday. :iwbrnt:

Uhm :P really interesting, I'm waiting for that
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:16 pm

matteo wrote:I'm waiting for that

So am I. You made my curious, Sean.
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